Justsaying, unfortunatley freedom of speech, and being entitled to an opinion only applies to some. CHamilton why don't you enlighten the stupid with facts and the whole truth.
Thanks Mat for another great article. Unfortunately in this part of the southeast, not many people will find your points and opinions as insightful. I wish you were preaching to the choir, but down here, the choir is too deaf and stupid to realize the truth. Here's to hoping that Haley goes down with the Tea Party ship in this year and the next. In the words of Susan Powter, "Stop the insanity!!". Cheers!!
It's called freedom of speech..and btw, shutting down the government locally hasn't seemed to take many cars off the road..
"the increasingly incomprehensible and irrelevant Tea Party"
Lately, whenever I hear Obama reading from his teleprompter, he's calling the Tea Party Caucus "hostage takers" and "terrorists". Why would the President even bother mentioning such an "irrelevant" group? Maybe it's because if it were not for the Tea Party Caucus, Boehner and company would have bent over and grabbed their ankles for President "let me be clear" a month ago.
Maybe they're relevant after all.
Maybe they're relevant because they represent the desires of millions of voters who oppose Obamacare and the never ending expansion of the Federal bureaucracy.
As to the other bit, it should surprise no one that Mat finds the concept of a representative republican government doing the bidding of the electorate (rather than the other way around) as "incomprehensible".
Pundits like Mat want their readers to think that the Tea Party is made up of a few kooks in the Republican establishment. What he won't tell you is that "terrorists" like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have millions of supporters who will vote, organize, donate, and support "taking hostages", if that's what it takes to get Washington to listen to the will of the people.
HATE SPEECH ALERT! (read at your own risk)
The terrorists in the Tea Party love hearing this kind of hateful rhetoric:
"Mr. President, I rise today to talk about America's debt problem."
"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can't pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies."
"Over the past 5 years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion. That is "trillion" with a "T." That is money that we have borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, borrowed from China and Japan, borrowed from American taxpayers. And over the next 5 years, between now and 2011, the President's budget will increase the debt by almost another $3.5 trillion."
"Numbers that large are sometimes hard to understand. Some people may wonder why they matter. Here is why: This year, the Federal Government will spend $220 billion on interest. That is more money to pay interest on our national debt than we'll spend on Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program. That is more money to pay interest on our debt this year than we will spend on education, homeland security, transportation, and veterans benefits combined. It is more money in one year than we are likely to spend to rebuild the devastated gulf coast in a way that honors the best of America."
"And the cost of our debt is one of the fastest growing expenses in the Federal budget. This rising debt is a hidden domestic enemy, robbing our cities and States of critical investments in infrastructure like bridges, ports, and levees; robbing our families and our children of critical investments in education and health care reform; robbing our seniors of the retirement and health security they have counted on. Every dollar we pay in interest is a dollar that is not going to investment in America's priorities. Instead, interest payments are a significant tax on all Americans — a debt tax that Washington doesn't want to talk about. If Washington were serious about honest tax relief in this country, we would see an effort to reduce our national debt by returning to responsible fiscal policies."
Senator Barack Obama
Remarks from the Senate floor during debate to increase the debt limit.
Surprisingly siding with the "increasingly incomprehensible and irrelevant" non existent Tea Party Caucus, the hostage taking, terrorist, junior Senator from Illinois subsequently voted against raising the debt ceiling.......
So she blames others for her mistakes and shortcomings, she takes credit for jobs that she did little or nothing to create, she brags about all of the jobs that have been created when unemployment and employment participation rates are the same or worse as when she started, her and her staff have numerous ethical issues that they dodge and avoid, she withheld evidence about something that endangered the public, when handling scandals she lies and misdirects and she repeatedly ignores facts when speaking. Change the gender and the title and you have the man sitting in the Oval Office right now.
Factory - I never said Warren Buffet. He supports Barry.
Ed Asner, a self professed Communist, said Hollywood & other liberals stay quiet rather than voice their true feelings about Obama because he is black. The left brands anyone a racist that disagrees with Obama which now prevents them from being honest as it would be more proof of their hypocrisy.
Liberal media icon Seymour Hersh thinks Obama is worse than Bush. So do others. Including liberal lesbian feminist icon Camille Paglia. Just Google "liberals turn on Obama" or such searches. People that helped get him elected have turned on him. Google billionaires turn on Obama, etc.
Liberals - comedy gold all the time without fail!
"'Okay so he's the WORST PRESIDENT EVER. Prove it.'
He's black. What do I win?"
Conceivably, the 1st Congressional District of South Carolina Tea Bag nomination to replace Sanford. Tea Baggers are tired of the dog whistle, peripheral, beating-around-the-bush rhetoric. This is THEIR country and they are tired of having to hide their racism or be made to feel bad for being stupid or bigoted. Time to dial back the clock. Just run against black people. Invent a Willie Horton or a welfare mother and say "chicago" a lot, and Sanford will have to scramble to get to the right of your inflammatory rhetoric.
It's a race to the bottom for Tea Baggers (mixed a metaphor there) and Ned and NoFaith are in the vanguard.
"Okay so he's the WORST PRESIDENT EVER. Prove it."
He's black. What do I win?
Okay so he's the WORST PRESIDENT EVER. Prove it. You claim it, you prove it. You say Warren Buffett or whomever thinks he's the WORST PRESIDENT EVER, you prove it. Not by saying "oh I know tons of liberals who think he's the worst, isn't that right, fellow tea partiers?" "YEAH. WORST PRESIDENT EVER."
All you did is say you "felt" that Romney wouldn't have handled the Syria situation differently. That you think Obama is our "Messiah." That there was punking going on, and that Putin looks cool without his shirt on horseback. This is not evidence, it is conjecture. These words have legitimate meanings that do not bend to your will.
Landsnark I have found that no matter what amount of evidence is presented that the liberal mind is already made up. There were statements before by me and others that were pretty clear that you were not able to comprehend or refuse to look at. There is plenty of information all over algore's interweb that disproves what you are saying. I know that it sucks when someone has to tell you that your buddy is a pussy who got played and you feel the need to protect him but every time you try you look dumberer and dumberer. With plenty of folks like you out there that will believe what you are told to believe and walk lock step with who they tell you to walk with it is easy to see how obumbler won. You probably aren't nearly as unintelligent as your comments and beliefs, open your eyes and look at things without the preconceived notions you have been told to have. It makes life a bunch better.
Don't listen to me, go read or watch comments by liberals and progressives, including members of the media and billionaires, etc. that not only championed Obama back in 2007/2008, but helped get him elected. They now wish they never heard of the guy. Many very respected liberals and progressives can tell you in detail why Obama is an abject failure. Like I keep saying, once Obama leaves office the left is going to demonize the guy and separate themselves from him. History will be much more kind to Nixon and Bush than Obama.
So don't listen to me, listen to respected influential people on the left. People that supported him and helped him get elected.
LOVE THE TEA BAGGERS. Not only are the unassailable rhetoricians, they're just smart. SMART.
"Lol! This is better than reading The Onion, which is about as reliable as a source of facts as wherever yours are coming from." He's referring to this sage representation of "facts": "but after he is out of office and the media no longer needs to carry his water and cover his ass, all kinds of books and other things are going to come out." And there, ladies and gentlemen, is the proof that the USA had nothing to do with Assad handing over chemical weapons and absolute factual proof that Ned's Commander in Chief is a pussy.
You blame "libtards" for non sequitor personal attacks and for not using proven phenomena to back up positions, and this is the shit you sling at the wall. How could Palin and Romney have lost? HOW? It makes no sense.
Lol! This is better than reading The Onion, which is about as reliable as a source of facts as wherever yours are coming from.
We know, Ned Hill, because you Tea Partiers have been assuring us that, since before his inauguration no less, that President Obama was the WORST PRESIDENT EVER. Everything since has just been one confirmation bias rationalization away from confirming that.
He golfs? WORST PRESIDENT EVER.
He got a dog? WORST PRESIDENT EVER.
He takes a vacation? WORST PRESIDENT EVER.
He takes less vacation than any republican? WORST PRESIDENT EVER.
His wife is working to stop childhood obesity? WORST PRESIDENT EVER.
He got us through the Libya conflict without firing a shot? WORST PRESIDENT EVER.
He's a Kenyan-born Muslim-atheist-socialist-fascist usurper? WORST PRESIDENT EVER.
He's a natural-born American? WORST PRESIDENT EVER.
It is almost as if words have no meaning whatsoever, just chants at spittle-flecked town halls, echoing the sales pitches thrown out by Fox News.
@Landsark - I want what you are smoking. Otherwise you need to seek counseling because your degree of delusional bliss is dangerous.
Keep drinking the Obama Kool Aid, but after he is out of office and the media no longer needs to carry his water and cover his ass, all kinds of books and other things are going to come out. History will not be kind to ole Barry. And he will be universally recognized as the worst president ever.
FUN! Ok, if the President really wanted to go to war (I know you know he wanted to because of his single tell-tale trait - warmongerer), he'd have launched missiles. He had made the red line comment, and it's easily legally within his purview to fire upon who he chooses. But what DID he do? What things actually occurred? It seems like your imagination has fabricated some convenient falsehoods.
What incident brought Putin into this situation?
Whose threat of force caused the rest of the entire world to REACT?
Who demanded the UN investigate for traces of chemicals?
Whose intelligence bureaus were used to compile launch data, trajectory data, strike data, communication records, movement records, surveillance data and interview data?
Who forced the Congress and US to debate the US' role and the world's role when faced with crimes against humanity?
Who sent envoys to UN leadership to push them to act?
Who met with Putin... and convinced him to do what the US wanted?
I see your point. These things are uncomfortable facts that don't support your narrative of Obama as a bumbling amateur, unqualified to shine your shoes and dance fuh ya.
Obama was able to pivot from a threatening stance to a diplomatic one, and the end result is the same... but, no lives lost, no money spent, no further chaos seeded in the Middle East... yet, it was a failure and he had nothing to do with it. It just... "happened."
Tea baggers. Heh.
Lol - Thank you for proving my point!
@landsark - Did we get the outcome that most on both sides wanted? Yes. But to give Obama even a shred of credit, much less make him out to be a diplomat and the architect of said outcome is, is absurd. He wanted war and crawled away from Putin & Syria with his tail between his legs.
Regarding the rest of your comments. Your mischaracterizations of my past comments and your total lack of intellectual honesty about numerous matters is absurd and I'm not even going to dignify them with a response.
Tea baggers, so delicious they have to be fattening! I love it, LOVE IT, how you deride me for somehow avoiding "facts" and using ad hominem attacks, yet you list no facts and call me a "libtard."
Just throw whatever you can at the wall and pray it sticks or is at least pithy.
The humanitarian crisis in Syria, such as it was in the previous months regarding illegal chemical warfare, has been averted with the US spending no missiles, lives, coin, or diplomatic leverage. In fact, Russia was cajoled to handle the situation and the UN is now taking steps to officially condemn Syria, aid refugees and put together peace keeping forces. Assad has agreed to giving up his chemical weapons.
Just say you hate Obama. It makes your comments more honest. You're being dishonest if you think the way the chemical weapon situation worked out wasn't for the best for everyone. Did I just call a Tea Bagger intellectually dishonest? Ooops.
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